The divide

One of the great pieces advice you often hear from photographers is to look behind you. This is especially true when you’re walking or hiking somewhere and you’ve been moving towards the destination you had in mind, and finally it is in front of you and just as great as you imagined it would be. You can be so focused on this that you can become blind to any other angles that may be around you.

So the simple advice is to go ahead and turn around. See what is behind you.

It may be nothing, but it may also be something awesome.

The same goes for looking up.

It’s natural to look down when walking around; that’s how you know where to step which means you avoid tripping, plus you often get to find coins on the floor. Ooh, shiny.

However it’s just as important to look upwards every now and then, especially when in a city or a forest where the surroundings are high above you, as you never know what kind of shots you may walk into.

I was on my way home yesterday after work and walked in between these buildings. I’ve done the walk countless times before and always considered taking an image there – but it wasn’t until yesterday that it felt right to do so. Looking upwards while walking did little for me; however looking directly upwards, so stopping to do so, resulting in a shot that I wanted…granted I had to shuffle forward and sideways a bit to get things a little neater in composition.

This image is the result of that.

  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s